Amber Coast from Vilnius
Amber Coast from Vilnius– Baltics –11 days / 10 nights, Vilnius - Trakai - Druskininkai - Grutas - Kaunas - Nida - Klaipeda - Palanga - Rundale - RigaThe 11-day escorted tour Amber Coast focuses on famous Baltic Sea ports, resorts and cities. Visit the historic Old Towns in the capital cities Vilnius, Riga and the Curonian Spit, a 98 km curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast, all an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy Trakai castle, Rundane Palace, the Amber Museum in Palanga, the health resort of Druskininkai and the old fishing village of Nida.
|Operation||May 19 - August 28, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017:
June 9, 23
|Price||from $1,145 per person in double room
from $1,525 single room
|Included||10 nights at the 5/4/3 star hotels
Buffet breakfast daily
Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish on day 8
Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary on days 2- 4, 8 -11
Ferry ticket from Klaipeda to the Curonian Spit
Ecological fees for Curonian Spit
Boat trip from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park
English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-5, 8-11
Excursions as per itinerary
Entrances to: Castles, Cathedrals, Churches, Museums, Amber Gallery as per itinerary
Individual information package (city guides and program)
|Not Included||International Airfare & Airport taxes
Personal trip insurance
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Group size: min 2 persons, max-35 persons|
|Tour Options||Arrival/ departure transfer (one way) in Vilnius
Additional night in Vilnius or Riga
Departure transfer in Riga
Half board at hotels
|More Information||Amber Coast route map|
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Day 1 VILNIUS Friday
Arrival in Vilnius. Individual transfer to your hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 19:00 welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide.
Day 2 VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS (B) Saturday
09:00 City tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: St.Peter and Paul's Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, St.Anne and Bernardines' Church, Amber gallery-museum, Uzupis, one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, nowadays the artists "republic", which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar and map, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St. John's Church.
Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in the lake Galve. Return to Vilnius.
In the evening optional: dinner at Lithuanian Restaurant "Lokys" or similar.
Day 3 VILNIUS - DRUSKININKAI (B) Sunday
Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Druskininkai. Stop in Grutas village for a visit to Grutas Park an open-air exhibition of the Soviet era sculptures and monuments. Arrival in Druskininkai, check-in at the hotel. City tour of Druskininkai, the oldest health resort in Lithania. The pride of the town is its mineral springs. In 1794 the king of Poland and Lithuania announced a decree officially designating Druskinikai as a health resort. Possibility to try various spa treatments against extra payment at health center. (130 km/80 mi)
Day 4 DRUSKININKAI-KAUNAS-KLAIPEDA- JUODKRANTE-NIDA (B) Monday
09:00 departure for Nida. Stopover in Kaunas, former temporary capital of Lithuania. City tour of Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, includes ruins of the castle, Town Hall Square with its impressive monuments, visit to Cathedral. Arrival in Klaipeda. Ferry trip to the Curonian Spit. Visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante. Arrival in Nida. Check in at hotel. (400 km/250 mi)
Day 5 NIDA (B) Tuesday
Walking tour of Nida resort, including the Fisherman's House- museum, famous German writer Thomas Mann's House, Amber Gallery, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-gothic church and a walk along impressive sand dunes.
Day 6 - 7 NIDA (B) Wednesday- Thursday
Leisure time. Nida is an old fishing village on the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea from one side and the Curonian Lagoon from the other side. Today Nida is the largest settlement of the town of Neringa and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. The ancient fishermen's architecture is distinguished by its originality. One can choose from a variety of activities such as water sports and cycling.
Day 8 NIDA - MINIJA - VENTE - KLAIPEDA (B) Friday:
11:00 departure by boat from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. En route stop in Uostadvaris. Visit of the lighthouse built in 1876. Continue to Kintai settlement passing the Minija village called the Lithuanian Venice, where the River Minija serves as the main street.
Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish. Departure by coach to the Vente Horn. Visit of the ornithological station and the19th century lighthouse. Arrival in Klaipeda. Check-in at the hotel. (70 km/43 mi)
Day 9 KLAIPEDA - PALANGA - KLAIPEDA (50 km/30 mi) (B) Saturday
City tour of Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania, includes walking in the old part of the town which is interesting for frame-built architecture, cozy closed yards, paved streets, the Theatre Square with a sculpture of "Ännchen von Tharau", Old Post Office. Trip to Palanga, the biggest seaside resort of Lithuania. City tour including the visit to the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 inclusions of insects on display.
Further walk by the Birute Hill along the sea coast, on the sea bridge and on pedestrian Basanaviciaus street famous for its cafes and restaurants with live music. Return to Klaipeda.
In the evening optional dinner at the restaurant "Fridricho pasazas" or similar
Day 10 KLAIPEDA - HILL OF CROSSES - RUNDALE - RIGA (B) Sunday
09:00 Departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Siauliai), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. Further drive to Riga. Stop in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga, check-in at the hotel. (380 km-236 mi)
Day 11 RIGA (B) Monday
09:00 City tour of Riga. A combined coach and walking tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga: driving along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal Parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau Buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, Latvian National Opera House and the Daugava River.
During the walking part of the tour you will enjoy the beauty of the ancient Hanseatic City: picturesque streets of the Old Town, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St.Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, St.Jacob's Church, St. Mary Magdalene's Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle. Following the visit of the famous market halls of Riga. Transfer to airport (not included). End of tour.